Wyandottes originated in the United States in the 1800s with the first color variety being the Silver Laced Wyandotte. They are very docile and make a great dual purpose bird used for brown eggs and meat. Wyandottes are available in a variety of color patterns to fill your back yard and they are very popular at the local poultry shows. Their rose combs and hardiness make them a great option for colder climates and their gentle nature make them desirable for all poultry enthusiast.
We worked from the ground up with most of our lines of Wyandottes about 6 years ago, but we do give credit when credit is due.
When we started with the BLRWs & Blues they needed a ton of work. Both the varieties were small in size with bad lacing and color. We collected the best birds we could find at the time and started breeding from there.
There was only one person we could find with Blue Wyandotte eggs for sale and we were lucky to find them before that breeder disappeared for good. The pictures of the before and after birds are really a site to see. We are dedicated to breeding Wyandottes to standard and have been blessed with the skill and mindset to achieve our goal.
The SLWs are some of the best Wyandottes out there, behind the whites of course, but that is soon changing. We collected SLWs from some of the top breeders in the north and made our own line through stringent breeding and culling.
We picked up Partridge Wyandottes from 3 different lines...they are not easy to find. Our birds came from Duane Urch, Rudy Troxel and I also was gifted a hen from the late Dave Lafeber. We will be working on the Partridge to bring them up to standard and get them back into the poultry shows.
There is another big breeder of Wyandottes in Florida that a lot of people used to buy from....rest assured that we do not have any of his bloodlines in our Wyandottes.
When breeding Blue Lace Red Wyandottes and Blue Wyandottes
you can end up with a variety of colors. The colors are Blue,
Black, & Splash.
The Black Laced can be easily confused with a Gold Laced Wyandotte...they are actually very different varieties. When we breed the BLRWs we like to breed Blue to Blue. We found through experience this keeps your blue lacing and under-color pretty consistent instead of all over the place. You will need to breed a black laced rooster on your hens about every other year to keep the deep blue color that makes the BLRWs truly unique.
The Splash variety is pretty popular because the mahogany really pops against the powder blue/white lacing. The splash variety can loose the lacing in their hackle feathers (neck) fairly easy. This is something that you need to keep an eye on when culling your birds. The hen pictured below has spectacular lacing on her hackles, crisp/even overall lacing, great type, and the desired mahogany color .
Blue X Blue = 50% Blue , 25% Black , 25% Splash
These numbers are based on 100 chicks. Results will vary depending on number of chicks raised.
You will find that a lot of the Large Fowl poultry bred toward the APA standard are slow growers and slow to feather out.
It takes 18 months for a Wyandotte to fully mature so that means a lot of feed goes into growing out a pen of Wyandottes. The pullets will start laying at 7-9 months of age and sometimes it takes a little longer.
We do not currently raise White Wyandottes.....
If you are looking for the best standard White Wyandottes in the Country try Johnathan Patterson. He is a master exhibitor of White Wyandottes that consistently win at poultry shows across the US. Tell him FoleysWaterfowl sent you.
We sold our flock of Blue & Black Wyandottes to a lady in KY named Colby. She has a great eye for breeding Wyandottes and we feel that we left our flock in good hands. Here is her contact info. She has express interest in shipping chicks this year. Tell her that FoleysWaterfowl sent you.